Race and Sports Discussion September 25

Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace.

Black athletes have a unique relationship with college and professional sports due to a history of systemic racism, challenges that continue to this day. Andrew Maraniss, the New York Times bestselling author of the book Strong Inside, joins with associate dean Frank Dobson of Vanderbilt University for a discussion at Volunteer State Community College titled Strong Inside: The Confluence of Race and Sports. The Maraniss novel chronicles the life of Perry Wallace, the first African-American to integrate the SEC in basketball. The discussion will examine the struggles of Wallace and his African-American teammate Godfrey Dillard as they endured racism in the mid-1960s. The presenters will compare the efforts of Wallace, Dillard, and others trailblazers with the struggles black athletes still face, even as many are considered powerful, multi-million-dollar assets. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 6 p.m. in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus in Gallatin at 1480 Nashville Pike. It is free and open to the public. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Vol State Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Vol State Athletic Department, Vol State’s Thigpen Library, and First Baptist Church in Winchester.

Pictured: Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace.